Saturday, January 17, 2015

What's in My Bookbag? :: 2

I'm back today with another post for #WhatsInMyBookbag.

I think what makes the library somewhat challenging for my little one to find books that she wants to read is that we're so used to the fact that at bookstores, the covers face out, whereas at a library, the spines face out. I appreciate that the baby/board book section features book covers that face out, but I wonder if this would help little ones find books that they like. (I realize that it would take up much more space, but a small area with featured books might be nice.)

We found some Disney books and some early-readers. Lily is actually starting to read now and these early-reader books are PERFECT for her.

(The Lego Friends one is definitely too hard for her right now, but she loves Legos and we could read it together.)

What's in your bookbag this week?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Workspace Wednesday :: 13

I finally found a working vintage typerwriter. My photographer friend had a yard sale and I'm so happy she put one aside for me. 

I am really excited to use this to journal on my Project Life cards and I just love the way it looks and sounds. 


If you would like to participate in the Workspace Wednesday posts, follow the #workspacewednesday hashtag on Instagram. 

Marcy Penner is also leading a group of crafty WW posts at #hfworkspacewednesday.

You can follow me on Instagram at @jasminemarie

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Nerdlutions

I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions because I usually set myself up for disappointment. However, I am not against goal-setting, especially since I encourage it in my students all the time. So in the spirit of a clean slate and a new beginning, I thought I'd make a few Nerdlutions. 

What's a Nerdlution? I found this on Colby Sharp's blog:

Last year a bunch of Nerdy Book Club friends started #Nerdlution. A nerdlution is basically just a resolution. I think the “nerd” in front shows our desire to become nerdy about our goal. We can be super nerdy about our books, about teaching,  about our families, etc. I think of a nerdlution as a chance to take something that is missing from your life and make it something that you kick butt at. It might be a fitness goal or it could be a writing goal. I’m sure that you have an idea of what you want to work on.

Sounds easy enough. So here goes my Nerdlutions for 2015:

Read more books

I do a ton of reading, but actually most of the reading that I do is online (blogs, articles). I haven't been reading physical books as often as I would like. I've gotten into a bad habit of doing EVERYTHING on my phone because as a nursing mom, for a while, all I could do was whatever was on my phone. I haven't be able to break that habit, but that leads to me to my 2nd Nerdlution...

Unplug from social media on regular basis

I am addicted to my phone. There, I said it. Out loud. *phew*

I have been trying to put my phone down more and engage with the real world more the past couple of days. It's been nice, especially to try to be more present with my family. I know I won't be perfect with this on a daily basis, but I think if I make a conscious effort to unplug on regular basis, it will help to break this addiction of mine. Plus, it'll force me to be more strategic with the time I spend online if it's more limited.

Grow as a writing teacher

One of my professional goals this year has been to improve in my writing instruction. Teaching writing has always been my weakest subject and this year, I decided that I was going to devote time and energy to learning more about teaching writing. My co-worker (work wifey) Jenny, and I have been reading Lucy Calkins' work and we're using the Units of Study for the first time this year. I am enjoying this process even though it means that I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. Jenny and I are hoping to attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute at Columbia University in June. SO excited! (More on that later.)

Make it to the 100 Club at Pure Barre

I joined Pure Barre last February and I thought that I would have made it to 100 by the end of the year, but the holidays just hit me hard and I haven't been able to get back in a routine. I just finished my 80th class, so hopefully I will meet this goal by February. Plus, anyone else need to work off all the extra calories they've eaten this past month? I think I'll be okay if I don't eat another holiday cookie for a long, long time (and I love me some cookies). 

Blog. Just blog.

I've been blogging for about 15+ years now. I started journaling online back in freshman year of college and I've gone through phases with various blogs. I am such an "all-or-nothing" person, but let's see if I can try to get into a rhythm and routine with blogging. Also, a side-nerdlution to this one is to not beat myself up over not blogging too. 

Follow along as we track our progress with the hashtag #Nerdlution15.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

What's in My Bookbag? :: 1

I've seen several posts on Instagram and Twitter where people post "What's in my bag?" Apparently, people post videos on YouTube as well. 

So, let's start a BOOKISH version with:

My family and I have been visiting the local library about 1.5 times a month. The first time I told Lily she could take a book home to borrow it, her eyes lit up and she just looked so happy! We visit the bookstore often, but we don't always buy books (because, you know, we need food and clothes and other essentials). The first book she borrowed from the library was this superhero book. My girl LOVES princesses, but she also likes superheroes too. 

On this trip, I was also stoked to find these Andrea Chang books in the new area of the Children's Section.

What's in your bookbag this week? 

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Reading Resolutions

I didn't start 2014 with a reading plan. I just kind of fell back into reading again after coming out of the fog of having a second child and readjusting into being a family of four. I found myself craving it after being out of it for most of 2013. 

This year, I have decided to take a different approach and make some reading resolutions. 

Last year, I set my Goodreads Challenge at 25 books and ended up reading 44+. This year, I plan on setting my Goodreads Challenge back to 50 books like in 2012 and 2011.

I also saw another reading challenge floating around the blogosphere that caught my eye. POPSUGAR has their own reading challenge (that also just happens to be a 50 book challenge too). 

Looks friendly enough and maybe, just like how I challenge my students to try out different genres and topics in their own reading, I should try it too. 

What are your reading resolutions this year? 

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